The House

Two Temple Place is one of London's architectural gems, an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on Embankment.

The house is owned by registered charity, The Bulldog Trust and supports the charitable activities of the Trust through exhibitions and events hosted in the building. It also provides a unique setting for both corporate and private events, from weddings to conferences.

The house was designed for use primarily as Astor’s estate office by one of the foremost neo-Gothic architects of the late nineteenth-century, John Loughborough Pearson. Astor had emigrated to England in 1891 as arguably, the richest man in the world and no expense was spared when work began on Two Temple Place in 1892. In addition to the extraordinary, opulent interior, when it was finished in 1895, Two Temple Place contained the largest strong room in Europe as well as two other enormous fortified safes.

The house is closed to the public except during exhibition periods but it is possible to visit around these times as part of our monthly tours for Friends of Two Temple Place.

If you would like more information and photographs, in 2012 the Bulldog Trust commissioned a full architectural history of the house by Barbara Bryant. This is available for purchase through us for £15  (incl P&p). Please do get in touch if you would be interested to buy a copy.

Two Temple Place – ‘A Perfect Gem’ of late Victorian Art, Architecture and Design by Barbara Bryant


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